Hi, On 9/7/22 13:48, Russ Allbery wrote:
Between one thing and another I've not been tracking the timeline of this vote and I'm worried we may be out of time for new ballot options and possibly extensions. (As promised in the previous vote for changing the timing of GRs, I've been watching the timing closely and the last couple have felt rushed. When there's a quiet period, I'm considering proposing a small constitutional amendment to relax the timelines a bit based on that experience. But we can discuss that separately.) If there is time left, though, I'm considering proposing the following option based on my earlier message, just so that there's something on the ballot that explicitly modifies the Social Contract to allow for non-free firmware, in case people want that for clarity. I should stress that I'm not involved in this part of Debian directly and am not a great choice for a proponent, so I'd be happy if someone else took that over, but it does feel to me like it would be good to have this explicitly on the ballot. Possible wording, which includes the existing option A verbatim: -------------------------------------------------------------------------- This ballot option supersedes the Debian Social Contract (a foundation document) under point 4.1.5 of the constitution and thus requires a 3:1 majority. The Debian Social Contract is replaced with a new version that is identical to the current version in all respects except that it adds the following sentence to the end of point 5: The Debian official media may include firmware that is otherwise not part of the Debian system to enable use of Debian with hardware that requires such firmware. The Debian Project also makes the following statement on an issue of the day: We will include non-free firmware packages from the "non-free-firmware" section of the Debian archive on our official media (installer images and live images). The included firmware binaries will normally be enabled by default where the system determines that they are required, but where possible we will include ways for users to disable this at boot (boot menu option, kernel command line etc.). When the installer/live system is running we will provide information to the user about what firmware has been loaded (both free and non-free), and we will also store that information on the target system such that users will be able to find it later. Where non-free firmware is found to be necessary, the target system will also be configured to use the non-free-firmware component by default in the apt sources.list file. Our users should receive security updates and important fixes to firmware binaries just like any other installed software. We will publish these images as official Debian media, replacing the current media sets that do not include non-free firmware packages.
Seconded. -- Kunal
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